>> if you shopped at target and thought he were safe from the data hack, it play be worse than first reported, far beyond what anyone could have imagined. 110 million customers may have been affected. one out of every three americans. we have one of the biggest data thefts ever. >> it's not just the new number of possible hacking victims according to both "the new york times" and the "washington post" this evening, the stolen information may affect people who shopped at target before the holidays, not during them. now target has not specifically give dates for the additional data theft. we've called for clarification, so far they have not come back to us. but the company has said this is separate from the card theft.
if you thought you were in the clear because you didn't shop at target between november 27th and december 15th, you may want to think again and check your accounts. now originally here' target thot there were 40 million accounts hack, and they were hacked, but there were an additional 70 million accounts seized taking the total around 100 million accounts. now remember, this includes your names, your street addresses, your phone numbers, your e-mail addresses, and you've got to believe in all honesty your account number potentially, too. that's 100 million americans, pretty much a third of the
entire country, all of us who live here. target said it will target customers whose accounts they think were hacked, but you don't have to have shopped at target between those dates of novembe november 27th through decembe december 15th. they have said, i know this is frustrating for our guests, they call customers guests at target these days, to learn this information was taken. and we're truly sorry that they had to endure this. but understanding and sharing the facts related to this incident is important to me, the ceo, and also the entire target team. the story doesn't stop there. because target said customers will have zero liability for any fraudulent charges that turn up on your credit or debit cards. in the meantime, target took a
wallop when people abandoned it temporarily when this news first broke. in guidance for its fourth business quarter target is telling wall street that it anticipates over all sales will have declined in that fourth quarter, 2.5%. now that's pretty big, and you have to remember what they were forecasting before was that they would be flat. now times are very tough for all of us, but they're particularly tough for discounters like target. they cut everything back to the bone. there is no fat in the system. it's very difficult to make extra money. this had in the ongoing story not the kind of christmas present target was hoping to find this year. >> just to give you a perspective. here are the top t.v. data breaches for 2013. first the federal reserves internal website hackers ac mandarin assisted the personal data of 4,000 bank executives. in washington state courts
office cyber thieves got hold of 60,000 social security numbers and 100 million driver's license numbers. hacking at the content management platform called drupple compromised a million users. and passwords had to be reset after a breach of 15 million users. finally in the daily deal website hackers stole the personal information of 50 million users. on to other news now. finding a job is not getting better across the country. stunning news from the labor department said 74,000 jobs created last month, well below forecast. the unemployment rate fell 6.7%, but there is more tonight than you might think or realize. real money's ali velshi gives us his thought. >> reporter: there is no way to paint this jobs picture well. we were thinking 196,000 jobs
would have been created in december. then we found out earlier in the week it was a strong month for private sector job creations. economists upped their forecasts well into the 200,000 range. but that's not what we got. some say it's bad but it seems to be an anomaly. it doesn't fit because we've had a lot of new jobs created over the last several months. we've been running 180,000 to 185,000 on average. november was 241,000. this sticks out like a sore thumb. it's bad. most people are hoping the next month's report will have seen this as an anomaly or some kind of revision suggesting the calculation was not done a as well. >> what about the quality of the new jobs? >> as always we're recovering from the recession. this often happens with jobs of a lower quality than were lost. one of the things that we've taken solace in was that there have been growth in construction
jobs and healthcare jobs. the well first of all there was not strong growth in construction jobs. that was explained by the weather. there was rough weather across the country, but healthcare which had gained jobs every month for the last ten years for the first time lost jobs. that was an interesting turn. the quality wasn't great and the shear numbers weren't great. >> the jobs report was not great, yet the unemployment rate falls. >> reporter: i never like it when the unemployment rate falls but it under scores why people have got to stop paying attention to that number. it measures the number of people who are actively looking for work or working. the number who are not working. the problem is when people fall out of the workforce as they did in december basically the whole pool gets smaller and fewer people are working. so it doesn't reflect what's going on. this is something that you'll see in a dynamic job environment like this.
the unemployment rate going down does not necessarily mean good news. and the unemployment rate going up does not necessarily mean bad news. it has to do with how many people who could be working are actually looking for jobs. that's something called the labor force participation rate. that dropped again this month. it hit the lowest level since 1978, john. >> the detroit auto show kicks off next week, and ali velshi will be reporting there live monday and tuesday. check him out on "real money" 7:00 p.m. here on al jazeera america. those weak numbers from the labor department have been putting the spotlight on capitol hill once again, the white house calling for long term unemployed benefits. >> reporter: they'll accentuate the positive. it's a ritual here at the white house, the first friday of every month. the white house will point out 46 straight months of job growth
and the unemployment rate has sunk, but as ali pointed out it's down for all the wrong reasons. what is the white house going to do with these statistics, this data? they're going to turn lemons into legislative lemonade. they're going to use this to put more pressure on republicans to pass that long-term unemployment extension. congress left the holidays without extending it, $1.3 million kick off the rolls. they don't have their benefits any more, and th the number gros every day. >> the short term employment rate is now roughly at where it was during the last expansion. and maybe a little below it, which means the unemployment problem we have is truly co concentrated in the long-term unemployment part of.
it's very much at the heart of the debate on how to move forward on extending unemployment benefits. we're talking about people who are unemployed and looking for a job and have been doing so for a long time. >> we've been talking earlier about the progress that that extension was making in the senate, well, it is the united states congress, so things are on the rocks at this point. the deliberations in the senate are a mess. they're accusing each other of partisanship. they're talking about a three-month extension, an 11-month extension now. and how to pay for each extension. at this point it's all in limbo very much up in the air if this extension is going to happen at all. >> how have the republicans responded to these figures and to the line coming from the white house? >> it just feeds into the narrative, john. the president has been in the office for five years. he talks about how good the economy has been going. we talked about that earlier. yet the president asking for
longer term unemployment extension, the first tweet that came from house speaker john boehner, quote, where are the jobs? unquote. he followed up with this. instead of making it easier to find a good paying job washington has been focused on making it less difficult to live without one. that's a reference to a lot of things that feed into the republican narrative. every time the republicans react to economic news they bring it back to the affordable care act. they say that is a political winner and they'll keep pounding on that. >> more to look forward to, mike. thank you very much. the future is spying in america. president obama will announce the results of his nsa review next friday. obama is likely to speak about spying on friendly world leaders. he said reforms are needed after confidence was under mind by nsa leaker edward snowdon.
hours ago hundreds of documents were release related to the scandal from the new jersey governor office. after some of his staffers ordered lanes closed on the george washington bridge. it was done apparently as a political pay back to th a mayo. >> reporter: so far the documents do not appear to undermine governor christie's position. he said he was not involved in the bridge scandal and did not know about his staff's action this book. but e-mails probing the scandal raised new questions about the lengthens the staff would have had to have gone to keep christie in the dark. in a september 13th e-mail patrick foyer warned a dozen agency officials the decision to shut down lanes was criminal. quote: he added i'm appalled by
the lack of process, failure to inform customers in fort lee and most of all the dangers created to the public. one of the e-mails went to david samson. samson met with christie a week before kelly, the deputy chief of staff asked the agency to carry out the lane closures. on thursday governor christie expressed confidence that samson was not involved. >> i'm convinced that he had no knowledge of this. that this was executed at the operational level. and never brought to the attention of the board of commissioners. >> do you have any questions? >> reporter: yet in another september e-mail david wildsteen wrote, we're going nuts. samson helping us to retaliate. several e-mails show an effort
to keep the growing controversy under wraps. another official appointed by christy wrote to colleagues, i'm on my way to the office to discuss. there can be no public discourse. the documents paint public anchor. e-mails were pouring in with complaints about the lane closure and where four access lanes had been reduced to one. lawmakers with the new jersey assembly intend to accepted out subpoenas to force christie staff to testify under oath. but all of them for now are staying silent. david shuster, al jazeera. >> others are talking about this
story as well. this is what richardson told our antonio moro. >> he'll have to be right. he can't afford in the future to show that he had any connection because he was pretty forthright, but i will say it does damage his ability to project bipartisanship, that he's a tough guy who gets results. this was a bad incident. i give him the benefit of the doubt having been a former governor that possibly he didn't know. >> you can watch the entire interview with "consider this" with antonio moro." now to the chemical spill in west virginia. a chemical used to clean coal leaked from a storage facility yesterday, and now up to 300,000 people have been left with contaminated tap water.
our jonathan martin is live in charleston with more on the story. jonathan, what are people doing to get water now? >> reporter: the good news is they've had a lot of help from fema and homeland security. they brought in 12 of those big huge tanker trucks full of water. one was just behind us 30 minutes ago, but they moved it because they ran out of water. so many people were filling up, people filling up big containers because they don't know if this is a problem that will last a few hours or a few more days. a lot of people filling up with water. as you mentioned 300,000 people here in west virginia affected in some nine counties. schools were closed, a lot of businesses were closed today as they figure out when this problem will be fixed. let's go back and tell you how this all got started. it came to life yet 10:30 in the morning. the industry here freedom industry, the company reported a leak of some sort of chemical into the river. there was immediate concern because this company is located
right near the water treatment facility. this got right into the water line very quickly, and people started noticing a smell. they said it smelled like licorice or sweet candy. health officials tested the water and found it was that chemical that you mentioned that is used in coal processing. it can be harmful if swallow. it will lead to vomiting and eye irritation. the question is how much that have chemical got in the water and how serious the risk is. we heard earlier from west virginia's governor. >> do not use tap water for drinking, cooking, cleaning, washing or bathing. at this time i do not know how long the order will last. >> reporter: so again it could be a matter of hours. it could be a matter of days before the problem is solved. we know the water company is doing a number of tests,
flushing the system, smelling it, and putting chemicals in the water to oxidize it. it's a wait and see game at this point. we'll see how long it takes. >> clearly the potential danger has not pasted, and the federal government launched a probe today. what are they looking for? >> they want to hear from the freedom industry, to answer questions of how did this happen? when did the leak occur? there are discrepancies of when it happened and when the company notified authorities. those are questions that federal officials say they want to get to the bottom of. >> jonathan martin, thank you. the white house says it will recognize same-sex marriages in utah even though the state government refuses to do so. the supreme court put civil unions on hold after an appeal by the state of utah. earlier today attorney general erik holder said the u.s. justice department would recognize more than a thousand couples married before the court
ruling, making them eligible for federal benefits. >> these marriages will be recognized as lawful and eligible for all relevant federal benefits on the same terms as other same sex marriages. these families should not be asked to endure uncertainty regarding their status as the litigation unfolds. >> opponents of the measure spoke out against that move. the mormon church told local leaders that same sex weddings and receptions are prohibited in its churches. the move has overstepped federal authority. giving back, how young millionaires are changing the face of charity. plus karate kids: learning self defense from a wheelchair.
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>> san francisco's start up boom has produced millionaires overnight, and many want to give back. but cutting a check isn't enough. they want to create social change and that shakes up charities by the wealthy. [♪ music ] >> reporter: the symphony, that pillar of a city's cultural life. but like many san francisco is running a deficit. in a city fueled by the wealth of silicon valley classical music has to keep up with the times. >> we're spending more time on marketing, we're working really hard to build that loyalty between our audience and the symphony. >> reporter: for decades, well centuries the music hall would be one of the first places to see the largess of millionaires, but here millionaires want to give differently. they're looking to reinvent philanthropy. >> take jason, a start up
millionaire and investor. he's now applying his entrepreneurial skills for social good at causes.com, a network that helps organizations to raise money. the goal as they love to say here is to change the world. >> working in causes i think the best way i can think of to give back. >> reporter: the catch, causes is for profit. redefining charity, and reflecting the common confidence that technology improves lives as much as it makes money. >> treating it like a business. they're treating it like venture capitol. they're specific with their giving and they want specific results. >> reporter: some have called it philanthro. capitalism. they come here in the 20s and 30s and they feel the same thing that made them successful ought to applied to giving.
>> certainly my brother more importantly many other people are also very successful entrepreneurs who don't need to work but are doing it out of cash and for the cause. >> reporter: daniel comes from a family of philanthropists. one that gave to traditional organizations like symphony but the non-profit tipping point works by measuring results. >> we have no endowment. every dollar we raise goes out the door within 12 months. >> reporter: depending on new philanthropy may turn out to be a struggle for traditional non-profits like san francisco similasymphony. melissa chan, al jazeer al jazen francisco. >> back in india the diplomatic dispute is far from over. and sochi travel alert, a
>> welcome back to al jazeera america. i'm john seigenthaler in new york. here are our top stories. troubles for target keep getting larger. now the company says the data breach could have impacted 110 million shoppers. and what hackers stole is even more than originally reported. it includes names, mailing addresses, e-mail addresses, phone numbers, now state of emergency in west virginia after a toxic chemical spill in charleston. hundreds of thousands of people in nine counties cannot use their tap water right now. federal authorities investigating the circumstances of that leak. disappointing jobs data out today. there were only 74,000 new hires
in december. economists had been expecting far more than that. the unemployment rate fell but that's likely because more people sto stopped looking for . college grads are having an especially tough time finding a job. al jazeera has the story of one young woman and her struggles. >> when whitney mcdonald graduated from college with honors she was optimistic about her job prospects. >> i was feeling good. my education was strong. i had graduated top of my class, and i was feeling great when i graduated. >> reporter: three years on the 26-year-old has yet to land a full time position in her chosen field. instead she's under employed. juggling two part-time jobs that don't require a college degree. >> since graduating i've been working in a restaurant for five nights a week and nannying three days a week.
>> reporter: mcdonald is hardly unique. in 2001 34% of recent college grads were under employed. in 2012 that number moved 44%. a the market saturated with educated workers. >> it makes it harder for young people. even those with college degree because they have less skill. >> reporter: transitioning from the ivory tower into the labor force has always been a challenge, but finding a good job has never been harder for them. the share of recent college graduates working part time swelled from 15% in 2000 to 23% in 2011. despite the challenges mcdonald believes her education was a good investment. >> i know something will work out. something has to break eventually.
>> reporter: al jazeera, new york. >> in other news the indian diplomat accused of lying how much she paid her housekeeper is back in new delhi. her arrest caused one of the most seriously breakdowns in diplomatic relations between the u.s. and india. >> reporter: her arrival in new delhi was meant to signal the end of a diplomatic spat between india and the united states. >> thank you, i said no comments right now. i want to thank my nation for the support they have given me. that's it. thank you. >> reporter: but as she landed events took a new turn. india has asked an american diplomat posted in new delhi to leave, accusing the official of involvement in the case against her. this is the latest twist in the stand off that began almost one month ago when the indian diplomat was arrested in new york city. despite being granted diplomatic
immunity a grand jury in the united states has indicted her for charges including visa fraud. before she left new york the indian diplomat told the press trust of india these charges against me are false and baseless. i look forward to proving them wrong. however, the nanny at the center of this diplomatic row stands by her accusations of mistreatment. in a statement sent through the organization representing her, she said: but that request was denied in india it's the u.s. government's treatment of the
diplomat and not the indian nanny. >> with should show the u.s. that we're equals. we should not be pressured by america or any other developed nation. >> she's representing india in the u.s. i as an indian think u.s. involvement is taking a back step and the involvement has been in the case. >> domestic political pressures have played a part in indian's handling of this case. there will be elections soon and politicians want to be seen as strong leaders particularly when it comes to defending india on the world stage. al jazeera, new delhi. >> the conflict in south sudan
continues to escalate even though both sides insist they are working towards a cease-fire. south sudan's army said it has regain control of the rebel-held unity state, and with that control the country's vital oil fields. production there has been halted during the fighting, and rebels loyal to the former vice president pledged to continue their battle against the government. fighting began in mid december. since then 184,000 people have been forced to flee their homes. more than 30,000 fleeing to neighboring countries. in celebration in central african republic today, residents in the capitol of bangui cheered the interim president and his prime minister. their resignations comes two days after talks in neighboring chad. the president swept into power last year but critics accuse him of not doing enough to resolve months of sectarian violence in that toronto. more than 2,000 people are been
vialekilled. lisa stark. >> reporter: it's not unusual for the state department to issue travel advisory and an alert like this for an event like the olympics. they did it in 2008 when china held the summer olympics, but this is an particularly extensive alert. now the state department said it's not aware of any particular threats against u.s. citizens but it says american who is attend the games should, quote, remain attentive regarding their personal security at all times. americans are advised to avoid any large crowds and to exercise good adjustment. the alert points out there have been good suicide attacks terrorist attacks in the city 600 miles from sochi where the games will be held. these three attacks have been against public transportation. 30 people were killed in those attacks. this is an area where there is a
lot of unrest in this part of the world. in fact, there is an organization that the u.s. has designationed as an terrorist organization that has threatened some sort of action during the games. that's why we're seeing this extensive alert. now the russians say they're starting to ratchet up security in the olympic village area. they say there will be 100,000 security personnel on site that includes police as well as the russian army. the fbi also is involved. they're sending some two dozen agents to work with russian intelligence. some stationed in moscow, some in sochi. security will be very tight president obama, the first lady and vice president biden have all indicated they are not going to attend the olympics. and the president has appointed the u.s. delegation for the opening ceremonies, it includes openly gay athletes billie jean king, tennis player. this is a signal from the u.s. about how it feels about the
anti-gay laws that were passed not long ago in russia. >> lisa stark reporting. let's continue the discussion about security now. john henry smith spoke about security in sochi with one of the most famous olympians ever, what did she have to say? 7. >> she had some interesting remarks. there is no better place to talk with to get the athletes' perspective on any part of the olympic experience than one of the greatest competitors ever. she's six-time olympic medal winner and three-time gold medal winner. i spoke with the great jackie joyner-kersee, and asked her in light of the sochi security concerns, if she was ever concerned about safety an at olympic event. >> you were aware that there was a possibility that something could happen. nobody can ever perfect what happened in munich. so you're always very aware, but the olympic committee and international olympic committee
would do their best to protect us. they wanted us to focus on what we had to do athletically, but you know, we live in different times now, and so you can't really ease up on just being too relaxed. you have to be aware of your surroundings, and do everything in a group, and just be aware. >> if you were faced with prospect of going to sochi this time around, would you feel unsafe given all the safety concerns that have been raised so far? >> you know, the thought would cross your mind, but as an athlete you train so hard. in is your only opportunity to compete in these games, so you really hope that the government as well as the russian leadership, the international olympic committee, and then also the united states olympic committee, we're sending our athletes over there knowing that they're going to be safe. i think any athlete that is completing woul--competing woull
that way. i hope not to let the headlines being ahead of us now. >> you competed in so many venues. is there a memories that sticks out for you? >> at the boys and girls club as a little girl i dreamed of making the olympic team. we have families that come all over the country. they don't know, they're not aspiring to be olympic athletes. we're just trying to get them to be active. for me i didn't know i had the potential, but someone saw that ability in me. all i had to do was continue to work hard, and eventually i saw the olympics on television, and i said i wanted to go to the olympics. i never knew it was going to happen. >> you still hold the record in the heptathlon.
do you get nervous when someone gets close to your record. >> i really don't want to see my record broken. you do get a little nervous, but it's all a part of the competition. i do watch the olympic sports. i'm on the usa track and field board. i'm very much involved. i see the up and coming talent, and it's just amazing to see those younger athletes continue to stick with it day in and day out. >> we talk about recognizing talent, at what point in your career did you recognize the talent in yourself? what was your break through moment that told you that you had what it took to become the star that you became? >> i really never had a breakthrough moment because i remember at the age of nine, i finished last in my first competition, and i really got tired of being on the grass, on the grass they would award people with with ribbons. and then on the podium, first, second and third got a medal.
i got tired of looking over my shoulder. i said i want to get on the podium. that's what motivated me to want to continue to do what i was doing. >> i didn't like being on the grass either. thanks to jackie joyner-kersee, kersee will talk to the degree that performance-enhancing drugs remain in olympic competition. >> it's great to see her again and surprised she was last to hear that she was nine. >> and that she really cares if someone breaks her record or not. she doesn't want to see it broken. >> i bet she does. she's a competitor. thank you. well, martial arts is not something that you usually associate with people in wheelchairs. when we hear of a class with limited mobility are learning karate, we wanted to learn more. >> teaching karate for 25 years. two years ago he began leading a class unlike any he or anyone he
knows had ever taught. >> people here don't depend upon the use of their legs because most are in wheelchairs. >> the students here all have cerebral palsy. some are also deaf, some are other learning abilities. all have limited body moment. angel navarro has been in a wheelchair since he was an infant. he focuses on moving his arms. these students learn many of the same moves as other students of martial arts. they gain upper body strength by pushing themselves off their seats. here karate is less about self defense and more about learning to focus and manage stress. and for students like kenny and his girlfriend angie, it's also providing a boost to their confidence. >> i'm not really a fighter, but when it comes to angie, if she's in trouble i'll fight. i'll fight to the death. >> karate is making students
like angel stronger. back at home in the bronx angel lives with his parents in public housing. his mom helps him with life's basic activities although she has noticed karate has made him more flexible. >> what are your hopes for angel in his future. >> i want him to keep on being independent, and he better get married. >> yeah, yeah. >> you want to get married. >> reporter: most people with cerebral palsy will never be completely independent, and right now there is no cure, but right now karate is giving students a sense of inner strength. >> when you can turn inwater and think of what you can achieve, it's a tremendous boost to your self-confidence. >> reporter: for people who have spent their lives feeling different, this realization is empowering. al jazeera, new york.
in the northwest mountain snow coming down fairy heavily. it will start on saturday. it's rain tonight, it's too warm. the snow levels will fall through the day tomorrow and then the snow really will start to pile up. incidentally we already have snow and moye moisture moving ie idaho mountains. avalanche concerns are high when it comes to the washington cascades, and even parts of northern oregon cascades. we have the wind in place. when it's high avalanche danger you want to stay out of the backcountry. when it comes to the moderate considerable avalanche danger that's when you have to know how to observe the snow, and how it moves northern utah under an avalanche watch for the weekend ahead.
i'm phil tores. coming up this week on techknow. techknow's shini somara goes straight into the storm. winds of 150 miles per hour. but this twister is created in the lab. >> i'm at the national wind institute where they can actually recreate a tornado. >> now science and technology take on mother nature. >> who wins? >> it's completely fine. >> techknow. sunday 7:30 eastern on al jazeera america.
>> four years after haiti's devastating earthquake, victims of the cholera outbreak are suing the united nations. they say they're responsible for spreading the decease which killed 8300 people. >> they're farmers, haitians whose lives have become all the more challenging because of cholera. >> before cholera i was pretty healthy. since cholera my life is changed because now i always have headaches and stomach aches. >> reporter: they and thousands of other haitians are looking to the united nations to pay compensation for the damage inflicted by the disease which came to their country in 2010.
8300 people have died. >> we filed a complaint against the u.n. but we still have never gotten justice. >> scientific evidence points to the banks of the river as a source of haiti's cholera epidemic. the train of the disease came from nepal as did the u.n. peace keepers, whom al jazeera found moving leaky latrines after the outbreak. the ours of the outbreak of cholera is now in haiti's water supply. they face one monumental obstacle, the treaty that established the u.s. grants it's sweeping immunity. a treat i didn't that has been signed by all member states including hatey. for two years haitians sought
justice through the u.n.'s internal legal system. the u.n. denied their claims and continues to deny responsibili responsibility. >> peace keepers operate under immunity, and this cholera case is challenging that on the civil side. it's one loss on criminal immunity. it's best to clean up messes, and this one is a mess. >> reporter: lawyers for the cholera victims say that the u.n. has a moral as well as legal responsibility. >> the u.n. is one of the world's leaders in promoting human rights in the rule of law, and the way that it's been responding to this case has been very hypocritical. there has been no follow through in the principles of the u.n. with regards to the cholera. >> reporter: for the survivors it's a simple matter of right and wrong. al jazeera, united nations. >> and adam joins us now, president of global dirt, humanitarian disaster response
organization, just came back from haiti in october, and he plans to travel back to haiti in the next couple of weeks. adam, welcome. >> thank you very much for having me. >> how far has haiti come in the last four years? >> well, most would tell you that working down there it's been a very long four years. we're getting there now. there is still a large amount of infrastructure that needs to be rebuilt as a result of the destruction. >> discuss with us cholera and how serious of problem it is today. >> cholera in haiti is essentially an endemocra endemi. areas that were previously cleared end up contaminated again. >> are there enough medical
facilities to treat the people? >> it's impossible to put the cholera centers up in every area. they have to decide which areas they'll put the centers up, and then they leav leave, and then e cholera reappears again. >> in the humanitarian effort four years later based on what it was shortly after the quake. >> as everyone snows there was a lot of media coverage up to a year after the earthquake occurred. a lot of that has died off, but the need has not died off at all. there is massive need for infrastructure, and there is still a huge need even though a lot of the attention has dropped off the issue. >> do you expect things will be much different from when you were there in october when you go in the next couple of weeks?
>> unfortunately, no. a lot of what is going on now is happening from larger ngos and government, specifically from the u.s. it would be large scale infrastructure building that is happening from usaid, the u.s. government, but unfortunately those projects take a lot of time. there won't be much improvement in the couple of months here. >> what strikes you about what you see there now? >> you know, the biggest thing that gets me every time is that it's a resilient country. it's a country trying to stand up on its own, but there are a whole series of setbacks. if the earthquake wasn't bad enough, but having cholera introduced by foreign people who are trying to help was really the last thing they needed while trying to get on their feet. >> you worked in a lot of disaster areas, how does haiti compare to the others. >> compared to the different places i've been, the level of
damage that occurred is what you see recently after super typhoon haiyan, and even the earthquake that resulted from a tsunami in japan, it's wide scale. all of these areas were small impact. but haiti is the size of a new york city-type area, completely leveled, 90% building damage. >> how helpful has the government there been? >> the government has changed during the course of this four years to a new administration, and there were initial challenges. they've been great trying to implement new practices, bringing in small commerce as well as international actors to finally put the country on the map. all in all it's been a much better experience than initially right after the earthquake. >> good luck with your work and good luck with your trip over the next two weeks.
thank you very much for joining us. >> thank you. >> joie chen is also look back at the earthquake on america tonight at the top of the hour. and she joins us now. >> reporter: tonight on our program, haiti four years after, the quake that destroyed much of that nation, we revisit the caribbean country where thousands are still left wanting still after so many efforts and billions of dollars in aid. many in sprawling refugee camps, and with so much rebuilding. the world answered but on tonight's program we ask where did all that money go? sow dad o'brien goes outside of port-au-prince, speaking with those who are still waiting for housing. she hits the money trail. find out what went wrong. haiti four years later at the top of the hour. >> up next, making movies, one of the world's greatest film
>> tonight, we take you to one of the world's great film schools where you might not expect to find it in a small town in cuba. we have the story. >> reporter: at first sight it's difficult to understand why the international school of film and television is so highly regarded in the world of cinema. maybe it has something to do of the vision in 1986 of its founders. the cuban states and pickerly fidel castro took a special interest in the founding of this school. >> reporter: the founders created what they called the school of three worlds. a play on the term "third world" providing education in cinema and television for students. >> the cuban film school has an
exceptional reputation which means we all try one way or another to come here. >> thousands of students both cuban, and from 50 other countries have passed through its classrooms and workshops bringing it's only cultural references to cuba before returning home with something of cuba's unique influences. >> to have studied here means you have a family. a family cuban film school family, we're known all over the world. which is great. you can go any with a, find out who is from the school even if you don't know them. even if they're not from the same generation they're your friends. >> reporter: almost everything cuba one way or another is deemed political, and the film school is no exception. one of the main challenges is to assert independence and not be used as part of the cuban government's campaign to counter act what it sees the curlture dominance of the united states, through hollywood.
>> after many years working in cinema and documentaries and television, the teachers returned to the school to give something back and share what they know with the next generation of filmmakers. >> reporter: cuban cinema appears to be on the crest of another wave fueled largely by students who have passed through their international school. their films were screened at last month's havana film festival and increasingly at festivals around the world. al jazeera, cuba. >> well, a new picture from deep space has nasa seeing shapes in the clouds. astronomers have nicknamed this the hand of god. it's the cloud of particles produced by a supreme and exploding star. you're looking at an x-ray image more than 17,000 light years away. scientists say the shape may be an optical illusion. i'll see you back here at 11:00 eastern, 8:00 pacific.
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